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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Curse of Grass

Curse of GrassIra Saxena

Cover Design and Illustrations by Tapas Guha

As early as 1730 A.D. simple women and children of the Thar region in Rajasthan cried, Chipko and hugged the khejari trees to save them from annihilation. The cry echoed throughout the vast emerald patch in the desert—miles and miles of forest cover amidst the ominous sandy claws of growing Thar Desert.

However, their cry did not touch the soldiers, who were carrying out orders to clear the forest for a summer palace.

Hundreds of Bishnoi women, their children accompanied by the men folk—young and old clung—to the khejari trees protectively. The royal decree had converted the soldiers into bloodless brutes; their fierce swords rained terror hacking the non-violent protestors along with the trees. Thar Desert became a scene of a bloody sacrifice to save the environment.

Now, not a blade of grass grows on that patch.

Buy Curse of Grass at http://bit.ly/1fSlULL

ISBN 978-81-905748-6-0 / Paperback / B Format / 128 pages with 6 b&w illustrations / Rs. 125

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